India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Indian subcontinent’s independence from British rule, and we explore the legacy of this historic transition in a range of events. We welcome writers with a deep knowledge of India including Aravind Adiga, Amit Chaudhuri, Meena Kandasamy, Sunil Khilnani, Neel Mukherjee and Akhil Sharma; while speakers who are intimately involved with Pakistan include Nadeem Aslam and Dilip Hiro.

Aravind Adiga

Bowled Over by Mumbai

Saturday 12 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

The last debut novelist to win the Man Booker Prize (in 2008 with White Tiger), Aravind Adiga now brings us Selection Day, widely held to be even better. He comes to the Festival today to tell us about his story of two Mumbai brothers who are pushed by...

No Dogs, No Indians

A Legacy that Lingers Long

Sunday 13 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Siddhartha Bose presents an evening of readings, performance, music and discussion exploring the effects and legacy of the British in India. Prompted by his new theatrical production, No Dogs, No...

Sunil Khilnani

Stars of India

Monday 14 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

From the Buddha to billionaire businessmen, Bollywood heroes to bandits, in Incarnations Sunil Khilnani, Director of the King's India Institute, picks 50 lives to tell the story of his country’s history. According to William Dalrymple in the Guardian,...

Nadeem Aslam

Luminous Soul

Tuesday 15 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

With The Golden Legend, Nadeem Aslam presents his finest novel to date, set in a once-tolerant Pakistani city that's grown horribly unforgiving. A woman with a secret comes under political pressure after her husband is killed; a young Christian woman...

Ron Butlin & Preti Taneja

Everything to Excess

Monday 21 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Two completely different writers take on different continents and different generations, tackling the corrosive issue of having too much money. In Billionaires' Banquet, Ron Butlin, former Edinburgh Makar, explores the morally bankrupt life of his...

Afternoon Tea with Vivek Singh

A Merging of Flavours

Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

TV foodie and executive chef of The Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh has been deliciously merging authentic Indian cuisine with western styles for many years. Today, he shares his insights into the significance of food in India, where diversity of religion...

Adam Roberts

India à la Modi

Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Will India ever live up to its potential? So much depends, says the Economist‘s Adam Roberts in Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation, on just one man. Narendra Modi, India's current Prime Minister, is driven, full of self-belief, insistent that good...

John Keay & Craig Murray

Some Talk of Alexanders

Monday 21 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Alexander Burnes and Alexander Gardner both lived lives of improbable adventure and danger on the British Raj’s north-west frontier. In Sikunder Burnes, Craig Murray tells how Burnes was a martyr to early British bungling in Afghanistan, while John...